BY RUTH RICE
“Artists of the 21st Century,” an annual student art exhibition, will be on display through April 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University and through April 21 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at both museums and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at Loretto and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends at Ligonier.
Information: 472-3920, Loretto; 724-238-6015, Ligonier.
Brit Floyd will bring “P-U-L-S-E 2013: The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light and Sound Experience” to the area at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets are $40.50, $34.50 and $29.50, plus fees.
Information: 536-5156 or www.warmemorialarena.com.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be presented by Pitt-Johnstown Theater Department at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and Thursday through March 2 in the Studio Theater at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.
The live filming of two puppet shows created and performed by Gregory Zaborowski, a National Park Service education specialist, will begin at 7 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
“South Fork Dam Is Becoming Dangerous” tells the story of the 1889 Johnstown Flood and “A Night to Remember” tells about adventures on the Allegheny Portage Railroad and Mainline Canal – both from the viewpoint of animal puppets.
Admission is $3. Children younger than age 5 will be admitted free.
“We Are All in This Together,” an exhibition by resident artists, will be on display through April 6 at Art Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition will showcase a variety of pieces by artists-in-residence Holly Lees, professional photographer; Thomasa Pridgen of Thomasa Studio; Justin Guffrie of Guffrie Guitars; and Travis and Todd Stiffler, a father-son team delving in restoration and painting.
Information: 535-2020 or artworksinjohnstown.org.
On high school stages
“Footloose” will be presented at 7:30 tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at Forest Hills High School, 489 Locust St., Sidman.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.
Reservations: 487-7613, ext. 7500.
“The Sound of Music” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students at the door.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and March 1-2 and 3 p.m. March 3 at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.
Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.
“The Nifty Fifties” will be presented at 7 tonight and Saturday and March 1-2 at Blacklick Valley High School, 555 Birch St., Nanty Glo.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students at the door.
Reservations: email email@example.com.
A celebration of African-American history through songs and dance will be presented at 6:30 tonight at Christ Centered Community Church, 531 Somerset St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown.
“Pysanky With Paulett” will be presented Saturday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A beginner’s workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.
An intermediate workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Paulett Siminich will teach the techniques of the art of Ukrainian egg decorating.
Participants will come away with their own pysanky egg and will be able to keep the tools.
Class size is limited to facilitate individual attention.
The cost is $20, which includes materials.
A children’s ethnic history contest and spaghetti dinner sponsored by Laurel Highlands Historical Village Group will be held in honor of Black History Month from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Prospect Community Center, 301 Crouse Ave., Johnstown.
The contest is open to three age groups – grades 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
Children will write their own personal story about their family through remembering recent events and asking their parents and other family members about memories of gatherings and family stories.
Prizes, which will be awarded at the dinner, include sports gear, educational toys and cash.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than age 12 and will be sold at the door.
A remembrance ceremony for the 68th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Franklin Borough Building.
The guest of honor will be Mary Pero, sister of Sgt. Michael Strank, and guest speaker will be Capt. Zachary Embers from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit on Aviation Drive, Richland Township.
Three shots will be fired by the Conemaugh Valley Detachment 287 Marine Corps League, followed by the playing of taps.
Monthly family movie nights for children and families will be held in the Children’s Storytime Theater on the second floor of Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Guests are invited to dress in their pajamas and bring pillows, blankets and stuffed animals for a slumber party themed event.
Admission is free. Popcorn will be served.
Information: 536-5131, www.cclsys.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Acoustic Open Mic Night will be held from 7 to 10 tonight.
Blues Gathering with Scott Jeffreys will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Information: 410-2245 or www.thevoma.com.
The story of American Girls doll “Addy: Civil War Strength, 1864” will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s department on the second floor at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.
Participants will learn about Addy and her family’s courageous struggle for freedom from slavery during the Civil War era, make a seashell necklace and enjoy strawberry shortcake.
The library also will feature its collection of the American Girls books available for check out with a library card.
Other American Girls storytime sessions open to children in grades 1-6 will be held March 20 and April 17.
Interested participants may register at the children’s department.
Information: 536-5131, www.cclsys.org or email email@example.com.
Stretches & wiggles
Yoga classes for all skill levels will be held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Classes taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through March 11.
The last classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The cost is $8 per class.
White’s last belly dance class will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Registration: 241-8122 for Hunter and 539-0924 for White.
Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight books about pets and animals of all kinds and books pertaining to wars that involved the United States during February at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.
Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1.
Bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Two lectures will be presented at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the St. Vincent College campus, Latrobe.
Gloria Kerr, assistant professor of English at St. Vincent, will speak on literature as spiritual refreshment at 3 p.m. Wednesday
This will be the first of a lecture series on aging and spirituality.
Internationally recognized ecologist Philip J. DeVries will speak on “Singing Caterpillars and Sweet Symbiosis” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
This is the second lecture in the Evolution and Ecology Lecture Series presented by St. Vincent and Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Reservations are not required, and admission is free for both events.
Altoona Community Theater will hold auditions for the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Mishler Theater, Altoona.
All roles are available, and previous experience is not required.
The cast requires seven men and two women, plus ensemble males and females.
Those who audition do not have to prepare anything in advance, but will be taught a verse of the song “Comedy Tonight” and will read from the script.
Anyone interested in trying out for The Proteans, three clownish ensemble members, should have gymnastic or tumbling experience and should report at 6 p.m. Sunday for special movement auditions.
Volunteers to work backstage on production crews also will be signing up during auditions.
The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has often been called Broadway’s funniest farce, will close the theater’s season with four performances May 2-5.
Information: 944-9434 or www.altoonacommunitytheatre.com.
Reading & writing
The 24th annual African-American Read-In Chain will be celebrated Monday at Penn State Altoona.
This year’s theme is “1963 – 2013: From the March into the Millennium.”
“Monday Marathon,” an open mic read-in featuring various dance, theater and musical performances, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Slep Student Center.
A special session on black women writers will be held at noon, and a coffeehouse for Penn State Altoona students to share their original poetry and spoken word art will be held in late afternoon.
Ross Gay, featured author of the 2013 African-American Read-In at Penn State Altoona, will give a reading of his works at 5:30 p.m., with a book signing immediately follow the presentation.
Admission is free.
Movies and music
“Black Africa White Marble” will be shown as part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s spring 2013 Foreign Film and Music Series at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, on the IUP campus
The film is a blend of animation, archival material and original documentary footage.
Local musician Sean Howard will perform on the piano before each showing.
Films are in their native language, but have English subtitles.
Admission is free.
“Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949” will be on display through March 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters is on loan from Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members will be admitted free.
“The Civil War in Pennsylvania” will be on display through March 5 in the second floor gallery at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The traveling exhibit was created by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for its affiliate program members and is expected to travel to 40 sites in four years.
The exhibit will feature five lifelike museum figures, artifacts, previously unseen photographs and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.
Admission is free to JAHA members or with museum admission.
Information: 539-1889, www.jaha.org or www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Teachers as artists
“The Teacher as Artist” will be on display through Thursday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
The exhibition features the artwork of current and previous arts center teachers.
Information: 255-6515 or www.caccc.org.
“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“125 Years of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“The Feline Art Show” will be on display through March 8 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the first floor of the main building at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.
The juried display featuring domestic cats was put together by the Mount Aloysius Art Alliance.
Admission is free.
Information: 749-7341 or 977-3238.
“Red, White and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings and Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.
Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.
“Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit” will be on display through April 20 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.
This retrospective will highlight Engelmann’s abstract canvases, which are renowned for their lush colors and textures and have won many best of show awards throughout western Pennsylvania.
“Tibetan Treasures: The Rezk Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese Art” will be on display through May 11 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.
The exhibition includes approximately 70 objects of Tibetan and Nepalese art spanning eight centuries and all made within the context of Tibetan Buddhism.
It is one of the major collections of Tibetan and Nepalese art in the United States.
Personifying abstract ideas as gods, demons, monsters and saints, the objects in the exhibition bring Buddhist concepts to life in a resonant and imaginative way.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 946-4464 or www.sama-art.org.
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